Hot Half Dozen 3.17.21

From 73 submissions this week

Speak,  single by Gracie and Rachel. A secret musical language between sisters is reveal to us in this gorgeous beat-augmented song from their  their upcoming sophomore record, Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong, to be released through Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records on September 18th. Stream on Spotify and  buy the digital album or vinyl on Bandcamp.

Tempo by Dom la Nena. This Brazilian singer, cellist, songwriter and producer based in Paris can be haunting, teasing, awkward, mesmerizing.  Check out this wonderful self-produced full album – her third –  on Bandcamp.  Stream on Spotify. Follow at

La Rama Del Mezquite  by Ozomatli featuring  Cherine Anderson . The Grammy-winning original Latino rockers are back better than ever – if that is possible.  The music moves along but with a kind of light, stripped down feel so Anderson’s voice can ring through and true.  So much fun.  Stream, buy on all platforms. Follow at

Like Butterflies, single by Union of Knives with Helen Marnie. Playful, fun and something different from this Glasgow-based band.  “Like Butterflies,” is the follow up single & video to  “A Tall Tale” which is one of two LP tracks that feature Helen Marnie from Ladytron on vocals.  It is the third single from the forthcoming album Endless from the Start. Pre-order vinyl album and CD at

Diggin’ in the Dirt, single from the EP by Janita. Her take on the Peter Gabriel classic is spot-on – it is upbeat, weirdly seductive, urgent, addictive.  Janita is a unique talent and she delivers both familiarity and individuality on this.  Stream it on a platforms. Follow at

Second Hand Store by Leah Belle Faser. The fast-rising 16-year old looks like a stereotypical beautiful blond country singer, but her songwriting chops let you now quickly that she is fresh blood being injected into a tiring country genre that badly needs the creativity of women.  This song is from her debut album, Crossing Hermi’s Bridge, titled for a steel truss bridge near her home named after Hermione ‘Hermi’ Alexander, a civil rights and social justice activist.  Stream on Spotify, Apple Music, video on vevo.  Follow at

About Patrick O'Heffernan

Patrick O’Heffernan is co-host of the LA-based, nationally syndicated weekly program, Music FridayLive! and is a music reviewer for online magazines Vents, The Hollywood Progressive and MusicJunkie. He has also co-hosted a national political talk show, The Fairness Doctrine, and hosted the “Uplinks” media segment on Saturday All Things Considered on NPR. He holds a PhD in International Relations from MIT, has been awarded an Emmy, four Addy’s, and a Webby-Honors, among other awards. He has published 5 books and ghost-written others. A project he co-launched, the North Asia Nuclear Free Zone, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. He serves on the Board of Netroots Nation.

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